Now Is The Time…

Now is the time for all good Georgians to come to the aid of the Archives.

The legislature is in recess until Wednesday, March 20.  During the recess the Senate will be formulating the budget.

Please take time to call the Senators on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Ask that the full amount — $448,266 — requested by Chancellor Hank Huckaby be added to the Senate version of the budget.

Senate Appropriations Committee Members

Jack Hill                         Renee Unterman               Tim Golden

Don Balfour                  Buddy Carter                       Ronnie Chance

Bill Cowsert                  John Crosby                         Gail Davenport

Vincent Fort                 Steve Gooch                        Bill Heath

Judson Hill                   Bill Jackson                          Butch Miller

Jeff Mullis                    Jack Murphy                       Valencia Seay

David Shafer               Freddie Powell Sims         Cecil Staton

Horacena Tate           Curt Thompson                 Steve Thompson

Lindsey Tippins        Ross Tolleson                     John Wilkinson

Tommie Williams

Note: Sens. Carter, Chance, Cowsert, Davenport and Staton make up the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Committee.

Contact information can be found here:

http://www.senate.ga.gov/committees/en-US/committee.aspx?Committee=103&Session=23

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Archives Update: On To The Senate

The closer it gets to the end of the legislative session the faster things move.

Before most people had had their first cup of coffee on Monday, one House of Representatives committee had met and approved a budget for the Georgia Archives. A second committee approved the budget Monday afternoon.

The House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee and the full Appropriations Committee agreed on a figure of $224,113 in addition to the $3,851,428 recommended by the governor. The additional amount is roughly half of what University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby recommended.

There is only one more step for any Archives legislation in the House of Representatives: approval of the budget by the full House.

The Senate will take up both the budget and House Bill 287 (the transfer bill) in the coming days.

The Senate will discuss House Bill 287 on Wednesday, March 13 at 3 p.m.

Preliminary meetings on the Senate’s version of the budget already are underway by members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

The Senate, in its version of the budget, could recommend more than the House. As always, the budget will go to a House-Senate Conference Committee in order to development a budget both houses can support.

At this point, the only way to get more money for the Archives is to convince members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to recommend the full $448,266 that Chancellor Huckaby requested.

To all of those who wrote or called over the weekend or on Monday: your voices were heard. To all of those who have voiced support for the Archives over the last few months: you are making a difference.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Terry England said in his presentation of the budget on Monday that he had heard from “many, many, many” Archives supporters. No other budget issue rated such a comment from the chairman.

Keep up the great work.

Below is a list of Senate committee members:

Senate Appropriations Committee Members

Jack Hill                         Renee Unterman               Tim Golden

Don Balfour                 Buddy Carter                       Ronnie Chance

Bill Cowsert                 John Crosby                         Gail Davenport

Vincent Fort                Steve Gooch                        Bill Heath

Judson Hill                  Bill Jackson                          Butch Miller

Jeff Mullis                   Jack Murphy                       Valencia Seay

David Shafer              Freddie Powell Sims         Cecil Staton

Horacena Tate          Curt Thompson                 Steve Thompson

Lindsey Tippins       Ross Tolleson                     John Wilkinson

Tommie Williams

Note: Sens. Carter, Chance, Cowsert, Davenport and Staton make up the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Committee.

Contact information can be found here:

http://www.senate.ga.gov/committees/en-US/committee.aspx?Committee=103&Session=23

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On Crossover Day… HB 287 Has Crossed Over

House Bill 287 — the bill transferring the Georgia Archives to the University System of Georgia — has been assigned to the Senate Higher Education Committee.

The bill can be found here:

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20132014/133373.pdf

This will be the last opportunity the public has for input into this legislation. If there is anything you would like to tell the Senators, these are the folks to contact:

Committee Members
Bill Cowsert, Chairman
Joshua McKoon, Vice Chairman
Burt Jones, Secretary
Buddy Carter, Member
Hardie Davis, Member
Tim Golden, Member
Lester G. Jackson, Member
Nan Orrock, Member
Cecil Staton, Member

Contact information can be found here:

http://www.senate.ga.gov/committees/en-US/committee.aspx?Committee=77&Session=23

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At Last… HB 287 Passes The House

After being postponed for more than a week, House Bill 287 has passed the full state House of Representatives.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

HB287 transfers the Georgia Archives from the Secretary of State to the University System of Georgia as of the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1.

The House Appropriations Committee seriously gets down to business on the budget in the final 10 legislative days, as well as on days when the full House is not in session. (There are several recess days scheduled).

Gov. Nathan Deal recommended $3,851,428 for the Archives for Fiscal Year 2014. Subtracting the “lease” (bond) payment on the Archives building, this budget leaves about $1 million to operate the Archives for an entire year. This won’t do.

USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby is asking for an additional $448,266, for a total of $4,299,694. This is a fair amount. Last fall, Gov.  Deal mandated that all state agencies cut three percent from their budgets. Secretary of State Brian Kemp cut $730,000 (intended as the total cut for all of his divisions). Adding the Chancellor’s recommendation brings the Archives back to the governor’s 3% mandated cut, the same as every other agency has had to take.

The Chancellor’s $448,266 also is a reasonable request, an amount that is neither greedy nor impossible.

It is very important that all Archives supporters immediately contact all members of the full House Appropriations Committee in support of a larger budget than the one recommended by the governor. Members of the committee can be found here:

http://www.house.ga.gov/Committees/en-US/committee.aspx?Committee=88&Session=23

Thanks to all of you who have worked and continued to work to support the Archives.

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Update: Transfer Bill Postponed

Due to scheduling issues, the Georgia House postponed its vote on House Bill 287 to Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The bill will transfer the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Records Center from the Secretary of State to the University System of Georgia.

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Archives Transfer Legislation Likely To Pass; Budget Talks Ongoing

House Bill 287,  transferring the Georgia Archives from the Secretary of State to the University System of Georgia, has passed all House committees and is expected to be approved by the full Georgia House of Representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The bill also is expected to pass the Senate.

In the meantime, the struggle for state dollars continues.

The Fiscal Year 2013 Supplemental Budget is headed to a House-Senate conference committee. It is unlikely that additional funds will be allocated to the Archives.

USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby has recommended that the legislature add $448,266 to the Archives budget for Fiscal Year 2014. Gov. Nathan Deal recommended $3,851,428. A total of $4,299,694 would:

  1. Restore fairness to the Archives budget (mitigating the Secretary of State’s $730,000 cut)
  2. Comply with the the governor’s mandated 3% cut for all state agencies
  3. Give the Archives some funds to work with — possibly allowing a few more public hours

The 2013 legislative session is more than half completed.  If you support the Georgia Archives, the time to act is now. Contact your state legislator, as well as members of the House and Senate Higher Education Appropriations subcommittees and the full House and Senate Appropriations Committee members.

Chairmen of these committees are as follows:

  • Rep. Terry England, chairman, House Appropriations Committee
  • Rep. Earl Erhart, chairman, House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Sen. Jack Hill, chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Sen. Buddy Carter, chairman, Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee

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University System Wants Archives Budget Increase

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby today recommended that the Georgia Archives receive $448,266 in additional funding in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

Last month Gov. Nathan Deal recommended that the Archives receive $3,851,428, a 13 percent cut from the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

In a presentation to the Georgia House of Representatives Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, USG Chancellor Huckaby recommended a total budget of $4,299,694, a three percent cut from 2013.

The figure would cover the cost of adding seven positions and opening to the public four days per week.

The budget request must clear several more hurdles before it becomes reality. The budget must be approved by the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the full House Appropriations Committee, as well as  the state Senate.

Archives supporters are urged to contact the following members of the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee:

Chairman Earl Ehrhart, Mike Cheokas, Alex Atwood, Paul Battles, Jon Burns, Rich Golick, Sheila Jones, Randy Nix, Tom Rice, Carl Rogers, Richard H. Smith, Calvin Smyre, Chuck Williams and John P. Yates.

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